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The Big Schmear is a new podcast about Jewish food. Each podcast will feature an interview with a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author or folks who love to cook and talk about Jewish food. We'll be talking with guests about the history and culture of Jewish food, holiday foods, Israeli food, Jewish food trends, nutrition, farming, and the politics of food. Each episode runs approximately 20 minutes and is distributed on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Upcoming guests include: world renowned cookbook writer, Joan Nathan, on her new cookbook, King Solomon’s Table, Stephanie Goldfarb of Seven Species in Chicago, and Tanya Rosen of Nutrition by Tanya in NYC.

The Big Schmear Podcast Beth Schenker, Host of The Big Schmear

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The Big Schmear is a new podcast about Jewish food. Each podcast will feature an interview with a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author or folks who love to cook and talk about Jewish food. We'll be talking with guests about the history and culture of Jewish food, holiday foods, Israeli food, Jewish food trends, nutrition, farming, and the politics of food. Each episode runs approximately 20 minutes and is distributed on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Upcoming guests include: world renowned cookbook writer, Joan Nathan, on her new cookbook, King Solomon’s Table, Stephanie Goldfarb of Seven Species in Chicago, and Tanya Rosen of Nutrition by Tanya in NYC.

    Stirring the Pot

    Stirring the Pot

    Episode 46

     















    Guest:

    Chef Laura Frankel

     

     

     

















    Stirring the Pot 

     

























    I couldn't think of a better way to begin 2020 on The Big Schmear than with the topic of Marijuana and Jewish food. So many states have now legalized recreational pot that it seemed a timely topic.  I went to my go-to expert on all things kosher in the kitchen, Chef Laura Frankel and she even provided two recipes for this episode. In honor of The Big Schmear we now have a recipe for Mixed Green Olive-Cannabis Schmear AND Chicken Soup with Potza Balls. So have a listen to the episode and then, if marijuana is legal where you live, try one of these edible cannabis recipes and let me know what you think.

     

     

    • 22 min
    Sephardic Journey

    Sephardic Journey

    Episode 45

     















    Guest:

    Eugenia Moliner & Denis Azabagic

     

     

















    Sephardic Journey

























    I took a bit of a jaunt off topic to introduce you to the musicians of Cavatina Duo- the theme music for The Big Schmear. i think you'll enjoy meeting them and hearing about their story behind the music. I hope you enjoy the episode.

    Happy Hanukkah and I'll be back with some fun surprises in 2020!

     

     

    • 40 min
    Introducing the Aussie Gourmet

    Introducing the Aussie Gourmet

    Episode 44

     















    Guest:

    Naomi Nachman

     

     

















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    Aussie Gourmet























     

    There is this iconic cafe in Skokie, IL. It's called Emma's and it's a favorite place for those wanting a great selection of Kosher food from bagels and lox to wraps and soups. And this is where I caught up with Naomi Nachman. Just off the plane from NY, she was in Chicago for a private food event she was heading up.  Naomi has more energy than you can imagine. After Chicago she was heading back to NY to attend Kosherfest. And if you don't know about Kosherfest please check out my episode when I attended back in 2017. It's really something else.

     

    • 19 min
    Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food

    Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food

    Episode 43

     















    Guest:

    Dr. Aaron S. Gross

     

     

















    Feasting and Fasting:

    The History and Ethics of Jewish Food

























    I couldn't resist searching out more information on this new book Feasting and Fasting! I hope you'll find my conversation with Dr. Aaron S. Gross, co-editor as intriguing as I did. The book delves into Jewish food as a key component to exploring our history, culture, politics, and more. I know it's going to be my next book purchase. And Aaron offers us a 30% discount if you order your book directly through New York University Press. It comes out in December, just in time for Hanukkah!

    • 22 min
    Fall is for Foraging Mushrooms

    Fall is for Foraging Mushrooms

    Episode 42

     















    Guest:

    Maxim D. Shrayer

     

















    Fall is for

    Foraging Mushrooms























    Maxim D. ShrayerAre you thinking about seasonal menus for fall? Don't forget to include mushrooms on your search. After listening to my conversation with Maxim D. Shrayer you'll find yourself hunting in your favorite grocery store for some not so common varieties to try. And do check out his new book: A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas. You can find out more about Maxim and his book here: http://www.shrayer.com and http://www.shrayer.com/russimm.html.

    • 33 min
    Holiday Fast Food

    Holiday Fast Food

    Episode 41

     















    Chef Laura Frankel

















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    Chef Laura Frankel and I talk about holiday food prep and planning for Yom Kippur. She shares some great ideas that will be helpful for menu selection through break-the-fast. We even get a chance to talk about Chef's favorite holiday, Sukkot



















    Recipe from this Episode

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

nycchiw ,

Amazing podcast

I love The Big Schmear. Beth talks with amazing guests, and she asks wonderful questions. It's different every time - great diversity across episodes. I always learn so much. If you're into food and Judaism, this is made for you!

Thinking in Text ,

Now I Must Find Cheesecake

I just listened to the episode, Eli’s. What a wonderful show on the history of food. I live in Dallas, and now I must find an Eli’s Cheesecake...I can’t stop thinking about it.

Yellow1414 ,

Wonderful Podcast

I just listened to the episode kosherfest. It was such a uniquely produced show and really illustrated the environment of the event. I felt like I was really there! Great interviews by the host.

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